Access control is a ubiquitous part of every physical security portfolio. Every security manager, director, supervisor, guard, and executive—everyone involved in physical security—touches or is influenced by the access control system in some way, often on a daily basis. Still, when asked if companies paid enough attention to access control solutions, two-thirds (68 percent) of consultants surveyed by ASIS said they did not.
Engineering firm PAE relies on Axis multisensor cameras to monitor surrounding streets and interior hallways of its sustainable Portland headquarters.
Security Technology: Girding the Grid
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Technical skills are important, and younger professionals seem to value them highly. But the older officers, security professionals, and tacticians are wise to the importance of a softer approach.
▪ 5 Fundamental Cultural Qualities Behind a Powerful Cybersecurity Punch
▪ Editor’s Note: This Is Your Brain on Soft Skills
▪ How Good is Your EQ?
▪ Power Skills: The Soft Skills CSOs Cultivate and Use Every Day
▪ The Hardest Soft Skill: Empathy
The United States has been affected by hundreds of thousands of opioid-related overdose deaths in recent decades, with profound effects on communities. Now, first responders and civilians have access to a simple medication that can help rescue people experiencing an opioid overdose; security professionals need to be prepared to use it, says David Vialpando, CPP. Also in this podcast episode, ASIS Europe presenter Hans Verdoodt explains how his security team handled a climate activist protest at an energy company construction site in Belgium. Then, former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Brian Harrell discusses how critical infrastructure organizations are improving their ability to anticipate threats against assets and services.
Senior advisor for threat mitigation and global operations, Center for Personal Protection Safety (CPPS)
“The reality is that it does not have to be a high-profile, highly politically charged episode. You don't have to do anything wrong to run afoul of this. I think it’s important to talk about what are some of the pitfalls, specifically, for where you go in the world. Each region is a little different; each country is different.”
A.M. Bobby Brumfield
Managing partner, Leonum Advisors
“The only way you can find out how the organization communicates is to bring people to the table, let them know what the overall goal is, and then get their input on how we make that happen.”
Erik Antons, CPP, PSP
Chief Security Officer, Whirlpool Corp.
“Technical security standardization can provide significant economic advantages as well. By selecting one or a limited range of products for your enterprise, you can become masters of support rather than generalists with a wider range of products.”
Chief operations officer, CyberPeace Institute
“(Nonprofits) collect, process, transfer, and house a lot of sensitive data about their activities and the vulnerable communities they protect—think of migrants, political activists, dissidents—and they raise funds.”
Founding member, Idaho Office of School Safety and Security
“Most security practices and convenience are polar opposites. As applied to a school environment, remember that educators are already overtasked. Any process or procedure perceived to make a teacher’s mission more difficult will engender substantial opposition.”
Crisis and security practitioner
“While catastrophic natural disasters have direct and overt impacts, such events often trigger a cascade of second or third order impacts which manifest in ways that are hard to predict.”
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